Bank Family History

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Bank Name Meaning

German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German or Middle Low German banc, or Yiddish bank ‘bench’, ‘table’, ‘counter’, in any of various senses, e.g. a metonymic occupational name for anyone whose work required a bench or counter, for example a butcher, baker, court official, or money changer. Danish and Swedish: topographic name from bank ‘(sand)bank’ or a habitational name from a farm named with this word. Danish and Swedish: from bank ‘noise’, hence a nickname for a loud or noisy person. Compare Bang. Danish: habitational name from the German place name Bänkau. English: probably a variant of Banks. Americanized spelling of Polish Bak, literally ‘horsefly’; perhaps a nickname for an irritating person. Hungarian (Bánk): from a pet form of the old secular personal name Bán.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Bang, Rank, Back, Banz, Band, Bann, Ban, Blank, Bark, Pan

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Bank Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bank name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bank. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • European Jewish


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Bank Family Origin

Where is the Bank family from?

Bank Family Occupations

What did your Bank ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Bank family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bank. The most common Bank occupation in the USA was Farmer. 27% of Bank's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Bank ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Bank Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 72,000 census records available for the last name Bank. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bank census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Bank. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Bank. For the veterans among your Bank ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bank Life Expectancy

What is the average Bank lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Bank life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Bank in 1954 was 45, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bank ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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